Trinity Episcopal Church Children's Ministry

 

Summer Series has ended after 9 weeks of successful programming. There are many people to thank for making this program successful. To understand what Summer Series is and how it can have an impact on our parish and within our community take a minute to consider the this. All together Summer Series is 54 hours of programming plus 18 hours for after care. Trinity Summer staff and volunteers spend a month before our program starts getting classrooms ready and getting activities ready not counting the time we spend preparing activities in the summer. Every morning at the staff meeting on Monday 10, sometimes 12 people are cutting out lambs or helping set up craft stations. Throughout the summer we have anywhere between 6-10 youth helpers or adult volunteers plus the kitchen volunteer staff of 4-6 people each week. We had 90 children registered for Summer Series this year and between 58-75 were here every Monday with 10-20 staying until 4pm. Each of those children belonged to a family that could learn about what their child was doing every Monday, not only from the child but from the lesson that was sent home and the email updates that we send out each week. We know that many families enjoyed learning about what their kids were doing here at Trinity from our survey that we asked families to fill out. Summer Series is more time than any child could spend in Sunday school in a year, children’s chapel or during a regular 3-4 day a week VBS. It is almost the same amount of time that they spend at Wednesday night programming throughout an entire fall and spring which means we have such a great opportunity to make an impression on so many children, families and volunteers and I hope that is what we have done. If you contributed to Summer Series in any way thank you! Your time, money and effort are what makes this program possible.

Our summer staff this year were
Gina Jones, Sue Reeder and Anna Claire Letson – Grape Group
Belinda Baugh and Julianna Manchester – Apple Group
Simon Richardson and Chasey Miree – Banana Group
Tamira Jones and Cathy Turner – Orange Group
Molly RIchardson – Lime Group

Dan Williams – Lemon Group

Emily Sheilds – Summer MVP and all around champion
We had many regular youth helpers who time and again did all that was asked of them and more
Merrie Margaret Brewton
Will Lee
Mary Margaret Coats
Liam Flynn
Nora Grisham
Mary Mullis Keyse
Siras Keyse
Mary Hayden Huntley – Our Youth MVP
Alana Bates
Anna Mansell
We would also like to thank Jamey Grisham for volunteering to lead a class when needed.
Bruce Cherry, Carole Odenwalder, Sue Irons, bitsy Kingsley and many others helped in the kitchen each week preparing a hot lunch for kids, volunteers and teachers each week as well as our two parent led teams.
We also had some anonymous donors who paid the registration fee for families in need and we want to thank them as well. We’ve already begun planning for next year!

We have one meal left for parents to volunteer for on November 28. Contact Simon and Jessie to sign up.

Schedule for the Fall 2018 and dates for Spring 

Wednesday, August 15 – Welcome Back (All Groups)

Saturday, August 18 – Pick up for the White Elephant Sale

Please contact Jessie or the office if you need a pick up

4:00-5:30pm Skyzone for K-3 and Club 456 – Parents are welcome to stay or drop off and pick up. Please send children with money to jump for an hour, we will provide a drink after everyone finishes.

Sunday, August 19 –       9:30am – Sunday School – Noah Builds an Ark

10:30am – Children’s Chapel – Bread of Life John 6

Wednesday, August 22 – Trinity Tots (God Takes of Us)

  • K-3 and Club 456 – Helping with White Elephant Fundraiser

Friday, August 24 – 7:00am-2:00pm – White Elephant Sale (Mullen Hall)

Saturday, August 25 – 7:00am-2:00pm – White Elephant Sale (Mullen Hall)

Sunday, August 26 –       9:30am – Sunday School – Abraham Offers a Sacrifice

10:30am – Children’s Chapel – Bread of Life pt 2 John 6

Wednesday, August 29 – Trinity Tots (God Took Care of Noah)

  • K-3 (What is our image of God Genesis 1-2)
  • Club 456 – Programming

Sunday, September 2 – No Sunday School due to Labor Day holiday

  • 10:30am – Children’s Chapel – The Pharisees Mark 7

Wednesday, September 5 – Trinity Tots (God Took Care of His People)

  • K-3 (God’s People Misbehave Genesis 3)
  • Club 456 – Programming

Friday September 7-9 Parish Retreat at Camp McDowell

Sign up in the church office or find the forms online

Dates to Remember for the 2017-2018 School year
August 6 – Potluck after the 9:30am Service

August 13 – Parents Meeting/Rally Day

August 16 – All Parents Event Wednesday night!

September 13 – All Youth Event

September 16- Children’s Minsitry White Elephant Sale 7:00am-3:00pm
Skyzone 4:00-5:30pm

September 24 – Great Episcopal Picnic

September 29-October 1– Parish retreat at Camp McDowell

October 11 – All Youth Pumpkin chunkin/decorating

November 5 – First Nativity Pageant Practice

November 15 – All Youth Event

November 22 – Out for Thanksgiving

December 13 – Last Children’s Ministry meeting of the year/Christmas Party

December 17 – Nativity Pageant

January 10 – Children’s Ministry Returns for All Youth

February 14 – All Youth Valentines Day/Ash Wednesday Service

March 1 – Summer Series Registration Begins

March 14 – All Youth Event

March 28 – Out for Spring Break

April 1 – Easter Egg Hunt

April 11 – All Youth Event

May 9 – Children’s Ministry End of the Year Skate Party

May 15 – Last Day to prepay for Summer Series

 

Nursery Information

Our Nursery welcomes children ages 6 weeks to four years and is located in the Parish Hall. The nursery is open on Sundays at 8:45 am for Breakfast and then Sunday School and also for the 10:30 am and 5:00 pm services. Nursery is also available for special services throughout the year such as Christmas Eve, Second Wednesday All Parish Gatherings, and the Children’s Summer Series. Parents are welcome to pick up their children during the Peace and Announcements part of the service so that the family can experience the Eucharist together.

When dropping your child off please:

  • Sign your children in.
  • Let the teachers know of any special instructions or dietary needs.
  • Have items needed like diapers, formula, extra set of clothes, etc.
  • Have all diaper bags, bottles and sippy cups labeled.

 

K3

All children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to join Ms. Jessie in the education building for our new program. We will meet each Wednesday from 5:00-6:30pm. Programming will run for about an hour with our Wednesday night meal to follow at 6:00pm.

 

Club 456

All children entering grades 4, 5 or 6 are invited to join us every week! Ms. Rebekah leads this group. Programming runs from 5-6pm with a meal to follow.

 

Children’s Sunday School

All children from 4yrs-5th grade are invited to Sunday school at 9:30am during our regularly scheduledSunday school dates. Each week we cover a different topic, build with legos, and do a fun craft or activity.

 

Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel meets each week at the 10:30am and 5:00pm service. Children’s chapel is centered on the gospel reading for each Sunday. Children are invited to play, enjoy a snack, participate in an active lesson, and complete a craft or activity each week. Chapel begins at the start of each service and will end and rejoin the adults for communion.

 

All Youth Events

Each month we invite children of all ages from 0-12th grade to our All Youth Event. We get together as a large group for a different activity each month such as Camp Clue, Giant Bingo, Scavenger Hunts and Pumpkin Painting. At the end of our activity we invite all the children to join in a service of compline led by one of the group followed by a meal.

 

 

Club 456

All children entering grades 4, 5 or 6 are invited to join us every week for this ministry! Tonight Ms. Rebekah will be helping us explore just what Lent is all about and we will be talking about what we might be giving up or taking on. Programming runs from 5-6pm with a meal to follow.

 

 

 

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